Howie F. wrote an answer about K2 Apache Recon Alpine Ski w/ Marker Piston M1 12 Binding on July 28, 2008
Yes. I would not go any shorter. The 181cm length of the K2 Apache Recon will be perfect for you and your skiing style. This is one of the most popular skis for people like you (advanced skier, blues and blacks, sometimes trees, east coast). You will be VERY happy. When you take that trip out west you might consider demoing a pair of wider skis, but until then the K2 Apache Recon will be your stick of choice.